Sunday wasn’t too kind to the Cowboys as far as their NFC East hopes go (Washington and Philadelphia both won) Youth Randy White Jersey , but it wasn’t the worst day ever as far as a wildcard race will likely go.The green and yellow kryptonite of the Cowboys has been Aaron Rodgers and the Packers for quite some time. Green Bay lost on the road in Los Angeles (during a sports equinox!) as the Rams marched to their eighth straight victory on the season to stay undefeated.It wasn’t exactly the offensive explosion that people expected all week, but the Rams and Packers got feisty towards the end. Green Bay took a lead late and the Rams had to go down and take the lead without leaving too much time for Aaron Rodgers. This is a problem we all know too well.The Situation: Rams down by one (27-26), 5:20 left in the gameLos Angeles took over at the Green Bay 40-yard line (it was an awful punt). They had one timeout remaining while the Packers had two. At this point obviously a field goal gives you the lead but as mentioned many times it’s Aaron Rodgers that you have a hypothetical lead against. Nothing is ever safe.This was an important possession. The Rams didn’t exactly have their season on the line in the moment but there’s a strong possibility that this game could help determine home-field advantage or whether or not the Rams get a bye. Again, it’s Aaron Rodgers, anything is possible (ugh). LA ran six plays on their drive:Run (Brandin Cooks)Pass (Incomplete)Run (Todd Gurley)Run (Gurley again)What ended up being a quarterback scramble but had a penaltyRun (Gurley again)Run (Gurley again)Perhaps the most interesting play call here was the final Todd Gurley run. It came on 3rd and 16 from the Packers’ 19-yard line with 2:50 left in the game. Sean McVay is often regarded as the brightest offensive mind in the NFL these days (rightfully so), but he intentionally chose to play things extremely conservative by taking a field goal when down by a point as opposed to even trying to score a touchdown or get closer despite knowing that Aaron Rodgers was on the other side of things with at least one clock stoppage. McVay was betting on a one-point lead being enough against the best quarterback in the game who’s made a career out of rising to the occasion in the exact type of moment that he was designing with a clear and conscious mind. Jason Garrett has acted similarly this season and been met with noting but criticismWe spent last week talking about how conservative Jason Garrett has been, how the Cowboys were sheepish on their final drive in Washington, and how these exact mistakes would wind up costing the head coach in Dallas his job.Sean McVay’s Rams got extremely lucky that the Packers fumbled the ensuing kickoff return which gave them the opportunity to ice the game with a 29-27 lead. Not to get into a large game of what ifs Randy White Jersey Stitched , but had Aaron Rodgers gotten the opportunity to get the ball with just about two minutes and a time stop left, there’s a solid chance that he would have at least gotten the Packers into field goal range. Why take that risk? Perhaps the more important question is why not try to mitigate that risk at all? Nobody is going to sit here and tell you that Jason Garrett hasn’t been conservative at critical points this season nor that those mistakes haven’t had severe consequences. It is definitely worth saying out loud though that everybody is conservative, including the head coach that everybody would trade it all for. What’s more is that McVay was conservative in perhaps the biggest moment of the season for the Rams against a team where that type of approach has burned many people before him. FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jason Witten’s rare fumble was the first sign the Dallas offense wasn’t going to be quite the same against the New Orleans Saints after putting up big numbers each of the first three weeks.When Ezekiel Elliott lost another fumble on the next possession, the Cowboys (3-1) were pretty much guaranteed their first halftime deficit of the season.Now they’re dealing with their first loss, and are easy fodder for critics who say the Saints, without star quarterback Drew Brees in their 12-10 victory Sunday, proved how the easy the first part of the Dallas schedule was.“We pride ourselves on being a team that doesn’t beat itself Cheap Randy Gregory Youth Jersey ,” said Witten, the 16th-year tight end. “That has been a formula around here. When you’re on the road in an environment like this and you turn the ball over, it is going to be hard to overcome.”Witten had the ball punched out of his left arm from behind by New Orleans linebacker A.J. Klein at the end of a 16-yard catch. Vonn Bell recovered that fumble, then caused and recovered the fumble by Elliott, who lost the ball just as an elbow hit the turf after the star running back converted a fourth-and-1 run.Without those miscues, the outcome might have been similar to the slow-starting victory over winless Miami a week earlier. Instead, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore had his first clunker after a strong start, and quarterback Dak Prescott has an all-too-familiar feeling from the first half of last season when the offense struggled.Last year Youth Larry Allen Jersey , Dallas was 3-5 when the turnaround kicked in and led to a second NFC East title in three seasons with Prescott and Elliott. In that respect, the Cowboys are still ahead of the game, but they won’t be winning much with Elliott averaging 1.9 yards per carry (second worst of his career, 18 carries for 35 yards).“This was on us. This was about our lack of execution,” Prescott said. “Regardless of the way they were doing things, there were a lot of plays left out there on my part and this whole offense’s part.”WHAT’S WORKINGAfter two games that made it appear something was off, the Dallas defense has looked much more like the 2018 unit that helped carry the team early in the season when the offense struggled. The team’s first interception of the season led to the game’s first points against the Saints.Several of the season-high five sacks were timely, most notably Jaylon Smith’s 16-yard sack of Teddy Bridgewater that knocked the Saints out of field goal range and gave the Cowboys a chance to win with a field goal in the final 2 minutes.WHAT NEEDS HELPThe passing game is showing signs of missing Michael Gallup Larry Allen Jersey Stitched , who could be out another two weeks with a knee injury. The average yardage per pass play was 10.7 yards in two games with the second-year receiver. It’s 7.2 yards per pass play without Gallup.STOCK UPRobert Quinn has three sacks in two games with Dallas since returning from a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers. The ninth-year pro has looked even more dominant than DeMarcus Lawrence, who has two sacks in four games after signing a $105 million contract in the offseason.STOCK DOWNConnections with Randall Cobb. The veteran slot receiver had a third-down drop that contributed to a sputtering offense, and Prescott misfired on a throw to Cobb in the back of the end zone, forcing Dallas to settle for a 3-0 lead in the first quarter.INJURIESLT Tyron Smith sprained his right ankle when Prescott was sacked on the first play of the final series. Coach Jason Garrett didn’t rule him out for this week. S Kavon Frazier is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.KEY NUMBER36%. The Cowboys converted four of 11 third downs after leading the NFL through three games at 58%.NEXT STEPSThe Cowboys face a division leader for the second straight week with Green Bay visiting Sunday. That’s after opening with victories over three teams that are now a combined 2-10, including still-winless Washington and Miami. The Packers are also coming off their first loss.
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